PuckDaddy had a good article about Sidney Crosby comments about the recent hits he took that probably caused him a concussion.
Crosby’s comments on Capitals David Steckel’s hit:
“I feel like he could have gotten out of the way and avoided me. Whether he tried to hurt me, only he knows. I guess we’ll never know that, but you still have to be responsible out there.”
Crosby, please watch the replay again. You skated into Steckel. In the replay you can see Steckel try and get out of the way but it was too late. He could have avoided you? He got up and went to skate up ice and you turned into him. Not sure how you can get out of someone’s way when they are skating into you.
Some more comments from Crosby…
It’s easy saying that, being in this situation; but those are two hits, looking back, that I can’t say I should have done something different or had my head down. I wouldn’t change anything.
Huh? Well then you are stupid. For the hit that you skated into with Steckel, how about watch where you’re skating?
On the Steckel one, it’s tough. It’s really tough to decide if he meant to or didn’t mean to. I feel like he could have gotten out of the way and avoided me. Whether he tried to hurt me, only he knows. I guess we’ll never know that, but you still have to be responsible out there. I can carry my stick up around my head and say that I’m protecting myself, but I still have to be responsible for whatever I do with my stick if I end up high-sticking someone.
It’s the same thing. In that situation, I don’t see anything [and] he sees me there. He sees the whole ice and he doesn’t avoid me. I don’t think that’s responsible on his part. Whether or not he tried to hurt me, only he knows that. But he’s got to be the one to try to avoid me in that situation.
Yeah Steckel saw the whole ice and was going to skate up it and then all of a sudden you turn into him and boom. Steckel did try to avoid you. Watch the replay again Crosby.